Each month, the newsletter Beyond the GAAP aims at keeping readers informed of financial and sustainability reporting developments.
Beyond the GAAP No. 184 - January 2024
This month, sustainability reporting has again dominated the news, with the provisional agreement from the European Parliament to delay Commission adoption of the next sets of ESRS (namely sector-specific ESRS and ESRS for non-EU groups) by two years, i.e. by 30 June 2026 instead of 30 June 2024 as initially indicated in the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. Sector-specific standards in eight areas will nonetheless be published as soon as they are ready with respect to high-impact sectors. In January, EFRAG also issued its proposals regarding an ESRS for listed SMEs and a voluntary standard for non-listed SMEs.
Happy New Year from everyone at Beyond the GAAP! The IASB work plan alone suggests that this new year will be a busy one on the accounting front. But the biggest new development in 2024 will be initial application of the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), for the first companies falling within the scope of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) – i.e. large undertakings that are public-interest entities and that have more than 500 employees, as per the Accounting Directive.
As 2023 year-end closing approaches, we present our traditional overview of the texts published by the IASB, taking account of their endorsement process at European level. This includes the latest developments concerning the European Union's endorsement of the IAS 12 amendments relating to OECD Pillar Two and the IFRS 16 amendments on lease liabilities arising from sale and leaseback transactions. The study also indicates which texts are mandatory and which are optional for this reporting period.
In mid-September, the European Commission (EC) launched a consultation on a draft delegated act that proposes to increase by 25% the size criteria set out in the Accounting Directive to classify undertakings and groups into different categories (micro, small, medium and large), in order to reflect inflation over the past ten years. This change in the thresholds, presented as part of a plan to increase the competitiveness of EU companies, would reduce the number of undertakings affected by the obligation to present and publish financial statements and by the requirements on sustainability reporting introduced by the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).